Partnership work to help local businesses and local economy

Published Friday, 22 May 2020

A business support task force will help coordinate partnership working to support the local economy, with business organisations working together with the council.

The business support task force has already been contributing advice and ideas towards the ongoing business assistance work, with the borough’s Business Improvement Districts, the Federation of Small Businesses and the South East London Chamber of Commerce working together to ensure that businesses are supported through the immediate crisis of COVID-19, and to plan for the recovery of the local economy.

Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing said, “I am absolutely sure the entrepreneurial spirit we have in our borough will continue. It is abundantly clear however that the effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be with us for some time, with the national economy very plainly suffering as a result and our local economy is clearly impacted. By working together locally, we can help support our local economy and the business support task force is part of this and I am grateful for their support and contributions so far. I also appeal to and remind residents to remember local businesses and show their support where they can.”

The task force has been working together to help businesses to access the government’s financial assistance packages and to provide advice and guidance to businesses trying to navigate the wider implications of the government’s public health measures. Going forwards, the task force is also contributing strategic advice and ideas about the best use of the discretionary grant fund that businesses may be eligible to apply for, with news about this following in due course.

Councillor Yvonne Bear, the borough’s newly appointed Business Champion and task force member said, “The borough’s businesses have faced the challenges the health emergency has posed with fortitude and determination. We thank you for the extraordinary efforts that you have made to protect the wider community and play your part in fighting this virus.  We will continue to advocate on your behalf, working in partnership with you and business organisations to ensure a swift recovery of the local economy.”

Sharon Baldwin, Executive Director of Orpington 1st and a member of the task force said, “The borough’s businesses are facing a period of unprecedented challenge, affecting not only short term operations but also longer term viability. By working collectively we ensure that the voice of the business community is influencing the delivery of immediate support and helping shape the response for a sustainable future.

Businesses have shown a great deal of resilience, determination and creativity, not just within their own business but also in responding to the wider community needs and we want to thank you for that spirted contribution and leadership. We will continue to advocate on your behalf, working in partnership to ensure a business-led approach to the recovery of the local economy."

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